An entrepreneur with a background in software consulting is aiming to strengthen company culture and vision as the new CEO of Colorado Group Realty.
Steve Goldman was hired as CEO in late May to replace outgoing 11-year CEO Bart Kounovsky.
Goldman said he looks forward to setting strategy and bringing together the more than 60 brokers who make up Colorado Group Realty.
“My job is to try to bring all these individuals together,” Goldman said.
Goldman, co-founder and former CEO of Workforce Insight, a Denver software consulting company, was selected from a pool of 75 applicants for the position.
Goldman retired from his position at Workforce Insight, sold the company and moved to Steamboat last August, meeting Colorado Group Realty brokers when he purchased his home here.
Colorado Group broker and owner Jon Wade said the company was looking for a new CEO to unite the company behind a vision and drive brokers toward company goals.
“We wanted someone with a fresh look and someone intelligent,” Wade said.
Wade said Goldman, a capable business leader and entrepreneur, was everything the company was looking for and more.
“He’s very people-oriented, and he wants to help us grow on an individual level,” said Wade, who has been with CGR for 11 years. “You can tell he cares about the people and wants to raise the bar.”
Wade said Goldman has strong management and sales talent and fits in well with the Steamboat community.
“We like Steve more every time we talk to him,” Wade said.
Broker Nick Metzler, who sold Goldman his home last year, bowed out of the interview process due to the friendship he had developed with Goldman and was pleased when Goldman was selected for the position.
Metzler said Goldman started his job at Colorado Group by individually meeting and hearing from every owner, broker and staff member throughout the company.
“That tells me a lot about him and how important it is for him to lead this company,” Metzler said. “He really wants to hear from each person, which I thought was just a great way to start.”
Wade said he thinks Goldman is ready to help brokers adapt to the ever-changing real estate market and will keep expectations high.
“We didn’t hire him to keep the company the same,” Wade said.
At 44 years old, Goldman said he had a feeling his recent retirement would be short-lived.
When not working, Goldman spends time with his 11- and 7-year old daughters and serves as their soccer coach. He also enjoys skiing, fishing, softball and traveling.